Women and Equalities Committee publishes report on the use of NDAs in discrimination cases

The Women and Equalities Committee published their report on ‘The use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases’ earlier this week. Farore Law submitted oral and written evidence to the Committee’s inquiry last year, and we are glad to see that our evidence was cited by the Committee in its report.

Amongst other things, the Committee concluded that:

"There is a clear need for action to ensure that confidentiality, non-derogatory and other clauses cannot be drafted in such a way that they lack clarity about what the effect of the clauses are and, importantly, about the types of disclosure that they cannot prevent.”

The report is available to view on the Parliament.uk website here.

Suzanne McKie QC quoted in the Financial Times

Suzanne McKie QC was quoted by the Financial Times yesterday regarding delays over bullying complaints at KPMG, one of the ‘Big Four’ auditors.

Suzanne commented:

The outcomes aren’t tough enough. I am seeing a lot of final written warnings and not a lot of dismissals, and sometimes that is because [the alleged perpetrators] are big earners. My sense is that companies are not going far enough and need to be tougher with the penalties they are meting out. There is a lack of understanding of the drip drip drip effect of bullying and harassment. I see very strong people coming to me and saying I cannot cope — I can’t go through the front door. And they’ve been there for 30 years.”

The relevant FT article is available here.

Farore Law’s Report on female progression mentioned in The Times

Farore Law’s Report into the progression of women in law and other careers was noted in The Times’ Law pages earlier today. The article is available to view on the newspaper’s website here.

The Report itself, authored by Suzanne McKie QC and Ruth Whittaker, is available here.

Farore Law's Report into the progression of women in law and other professional careers

Farore Law has produced a Report focusing on the representation and slow progression of women barristers, solicitors and judges in the UK, with comparisons to the professions of accountancy and medicine.

The Report was produced by Suzanne McKie QC and Ruth Whittaker, and contains a collection of raw and processed statistics from various regulators, some of which are otherwise unavailable for public download.

The Report is available to read on our website by clicking below. A download link is also available.

Suzanne McKie QC quoted in The Times

Suzanne McKie QC was quoted in The Times regarding #MeToo, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), and how lawyers address complaints of sexual harassment. Amongst other actions, the Solicitors' Regulation Authority (SRA) has opened a file into the behaviour of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (a top-tier law firm) towards one of Farore Law's clients.

Suzanne confirmed that it is not common for the SRA to be involved in such claims: "I would expect this to increase as people become more aware of what the SRA can do, and what amounts to professional misconduct. The SRA is also looking at strengthening the duties of solicitors to ensure that those duties are overridingly in favour of justice, so that those duties trump your duty to your client."

Click here to access the article.